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Wolf Creek (2004)

Cast: John Jarratt, John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, more...
Director: Greg McLean, Greg McLean
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Genius Products
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Australia & New Zealand
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A dream vacation turns into a nightmare in this taut thriller from Australia. Ben (Nathan Phillips), Lizzie (Cassandra Magrath), and Kristy (Kestie Morassi) are three friends who, after a night of celebratory drinking, hit the road for a trip to Wolf Creek National Park, where they plan to spend a week hiking and surfing. The three friends are happy to be spending time together, especially after Ben makes the happy discovery that Lizzie is as infatuated with him as he is with her. However, after a long day on foot, Ben, Lizzie, and Kristy make the unpleasant discovery that their car's battery is dead, leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere. Help arrives in the form of Mick (John Jarratt), a burly but good-natured outdoorsman who happens upon them; Mick tells them that he can fix their car, and offers to give them a ride to his place down the road. Grateful but a bit nervous around the gregarious stranger, Ben, Lizzie, and Kristy offer Mick a wealth of thanks for his help, and give him some money for his troubles before they fall asleep around the campfire. The next morning, the travelers find themselves bound, gagged, drugged, and separated from one another, and they realize Mick is not the good Samaritan they imagined. Wolf Creek was the first feature film from writer and director Greg McLean. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

For horror fans only by Turitz September 30, 2006 - 6:26 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I rented this movie based on a personal recommendation from a friend who is also into horror. In watching it, at some point it says it is "based on" a true incident. I did some checking and yes, it really is "based on" a true incident, but the ending is different from the real events. Other than that, I think it fits well into the horror genre, on a level with "Hostel," but not as much sex as in Hostel. The movie is worthwhile for horror fans, but not for people who do not like this genre. I am giving it a 7 based on the quality of this film as it fits into horror, not anything else. It will not win any awards and certainly is low budget. However the fear there. I felt like screaming at the film when the villan meets his soon-to-be victims. You know what's going to happen, but feel as though you are as bound to your chair as if you were one of his victims waiting for what's next. OK to rent if you are in the mood for horror.

Disturbing and Nightmarish by Battie July 6, 2006 - 12:12 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'm a big horror fan, though I prefer to shy away from the more realistic flicks. Wolf Creek is such a one. The location and general camera work, not to mention audio, were enough to make me feel sick with dread, but when the horrific events really got going, I kept telling myself to push the stop button.

As one reviewer said, Wolf Creek could've been far better simply by avoiding the typical you-think-he's-dead plot. This might've gone on to be a new staple to the slasher genre (and, to me, was far more disturbing than Texas Chainsaw Massacre), if not for that.

The way this story stayed with one character for almost the entire time made it impossible not to feel connected. Every time something happened, you jumped with her. It's what made the movie so incredibly creepy. But the real talent came from the villain, who was so into his "work." I've seen preachers who weren't nearly as enthusiastic! An Australian friend told me the actor once (maybe still does) played a very friendly guy on a soap there, and that two older women, after coming into her work, told her they'd never look at him the same way. I can't blame them.

Hostel, though painful to watch and visually horrific, has nothing on Wolf Creek. Both have similar styles, and even comparative moments of suspense and dread, but it's the latter that really sticks with you, really makes you dread leaving your house for a few days.

Better than most horror schlock by Ultranova June 27, 2006 - 11:07 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Went into this flick with some trepidation - a friend had said it was "awful" and the reviews were mediocre on greencine. My friend and I actually thought it was pretty good. Not great, but in this day and age, hardly anything is. Very atmospheric, the cinematography and art direction are awesome. The use of the Australian outback (and the gorgeous imagery of it) put this flick a step above most in this genre. The acting was quite good, and the story line is unique, not the typical cookie-cutter psycho/horror line. Although the movie wasn't particularly "scary" in that gasp/jump way, it was eerie and rather disturbing (which I find more satisfying that some cheap sight/sounds manipulations to get you to jump in your seat). If you are a fan of horror, and you want to see something outside the mainstream norm, then check out this flick.

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(Average 5.57)
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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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